Some basketball games are decided in the final minutes.
Tuesday’s game between the boys basketball teams of Western Hills and Collins was decided in the first two minutes.
The Titans sprinted out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back at Lapsley Cardwell Gymnasium, easing to a 74-58 win and improving to 19-10 with the win. The Wolverines dropped to 4-22 with the loss.
WHHS cut the deficit to 21-15 at the end of the first quarter, but Collins outscored its opponent 20-11 in the second to open up a 41-26 lead at halftime. The Titans would maintain that 12 to 17-point cushion the rest of the game.
“That lead hurt us in the beginning,” WHHS coach Steve Wooldridge said. “We came out in zone because our scout was they weren’t great shooters. They hit a couple shots on us.
“We got mixed up in our zone and started playing more man,” he added. “Once we got past that I thought we did all right.”
A game-high 27 points from Ryan Barrass wasn’t enough to crack the Collins lead after halftime. Each time Barrass or Logan Curry – who contributed 20 points of his own – knocked down a shot, the Titans would answer right back.
The closest WHHS got in the final two quarters was 12 points.
As much as the opening salvo helped propel Collins to victory, there were other factors that led to a Titans victory.
“Rebounding hurt us,” Wooldridge said. “They grabbed four rebounds off free throws at one point and we couldn’t get it across halfcourt for about 45 seconds. They hit their free throws there and jumped out on us.
“But they’re big kids and I thought our guys did a pretty good job on the boards,” he added.
One thing also working in Collins’ favor was its multitude of scorers as nine players contributed points compared to seven for WHHS. Four Titans ended up in double figures while only Barrass and Curry crossed that threshold for the Wolverines.
Despite the loss, Wooldridge said he’s feeling good about his team headed into tournament play.
“I know we got beat but after today’s game I feel confident,” he said. “That’s a good team and a good test for us going into district. My team’s going to work hard for me and give it everything they’ve got.”
WHHS plays again Thursday at Lexington Christian.
COLLINS (74) – Dwayne Marshall 14, Buddy Johnson 13, Brian Stone 13, Terez Smith 13, Michael Brooks 6, Darian Dugle 4, Ralphael Stone 4, Malik Manica 4, Norvis Smith 3.
WESTERN HILLS (58) – Ryan Barrass 27, Logan Curry 20, Kevin Booth 3, Jordan Kendall 3, Robby Fox 2, Grant Hughes 2, Jordan White 1.